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Due to the fact that on two occasions recently cars parked in the "office" car park have been damaged

 parking is no longer allowed in the office car park at the rear of the kitchen area

There is also no parking allowed outside the sheds further down as there is often the need to get farm machinery in and out of the sheds

Please park in the main car park  The after hours gate code is clearly visible inside the club

Welcome to First Class Bridge Academy
Essex teams event at Barleylands this Sunday 30th

Margaret Curtis teams event

1pm Sunday 30th June Barleylands

This is a two session Blue Pointed teams event

if anyone needs team mates I have a pair in need of team mates

Entry is via the Essex website


Please do not park in front of the sheds at anytime

It is that time of year when they need to get large farm vehicles in and out of the sheds

Bridge Holidays


2020 dates

A week later in 2020 due to a refurbishment job


Three nights at the Lansdowne Hotel Dinner Bed and Breakfast

Double/Twin Inland £210pp

Double/Twin Sea View £240pp

Single Inland £255pp

Single Sea View £285pp

£75 deposits now being taken 

Please book with Barbara 01245-440891

Or email Barbara  barbara@bthomas3.plus.com



Four nights at Dunston Hall Hotel Dinner Bed and Breakfast

Twin/Doiuble rooms £300pp   Single £360pp

Provisional bookings now being taken

contact Barbara Thomas  01245-440891 email barbara@bthomas3.plus.com

to reserve your place with no commitment

go to the Norwich page on the menu for more details


From Monday 7th January

Monday Evenings will be teams of four

This guarantees no sit outs

please arrange your team each week and let Bernie know you are entering on 07973-925315

if you need someone to make up a team please ring me and I will endeavour to find someone for you 

5 tables or more 25% of the table money in prizes

2019 EBU events at Barleylands


2020 dates

Ranked masters 1st March

National pairs 15th March

Portland pairs 29th March



First Class Bridge Academy and Club

Welcome to the website of First Class Bridge

Now the 31st biggest club in the country. 


There is bridge played at Barleylands every day from Monday to Saturday catering for every level from complete beginners to the very highest echelon of bridge players. Most sessions are hosted so you can just turn up and play without a partner.

There are regular starter courses for complete beginners and a number of supervised bridge sessions for those wishing to go to the next level.

First Class Bridge Academy and Club
Club Sessions

Monday Evening 7.30    Teams of four

Tuesday Afternoon  1.30 Improvers

Thursday Morning  10.00  No Fear/Improvers

Thursday Evening 7.30Improvers

Friday Morning    10.30  Really Easy

Friday Evening 7.30  Advanced

Saturday Morning 10.30  Improvers

Supervised Play

Supervised play is a great way to improve your game in a relaxed environment. Come along on your own or with a partner. Either shuffle and deal or play hands from an earlier session.

Tuesday  10.30    Ann and Jon

Wednesday  10.30  Ann and June

Friday Afternoon 1.30  Terry and Brian



The 2019-20 basic course begins on 18th September

Those who have already done a basic course may have missed bits.

These sessions offer an opportunity to come back and fill the gaps.

24th June   FINAL CLASS for this course

Winners and losers

how to work out how many tricks you can win in a suit contract


Those that have done a basic course with me are more than welcome for a refresher


Really Easy Club

An ideal starting place for someone who wants to play Club bridge. A host system is in operation so you are sure of a partner. Friday mornings 10:30 to 12:45.  Jon provides a commentary on the hands you play

Bernie would like Club members to be aware of the EBU (English Bridge Union) Members Area (click on the heading above) which enables you to see your Master Points and NGS (National Grading System) rating. Set up initially requires Bernie to send your email address to the EBU (you can subsequently remove it) so your password can be emailed to you. If you'd like to be set up, please let Bernie know your email address (via firstclassbridge@btconnect.com).   

Tuesday Duplicate Pairs - Improvers
Monday Evening TEAMS
Scorer: Bernie Hunt
Saturday Duplicate Pairs - Improvers
26th Jun 2019
Basic Course
Barleylands 13:30
27th Jun 2019
Thursday Duplicate Pairs - No Fear
Barleylands 10:00
27th Jun 2019
Thursday Duplicate Pairs - Improvers
Barleylands 19:30